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ODU Police to Host National Night Out Event Aug. 3 for Area Residents

The Old Dominion University Police Department will host activities the evening of Tuesday, Aug. 3, as part of the 27th Annual National Night Out initiative, a crime and drug prevention awareness event sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch. Free and open to the public, the program will be held from 5-8 p.m. at the Lamberts Point Community Center, 1251 W. 42nd St., Norfolk.

In an effort to heighten awareness of and strengthen participation in local anticrime efforts, the ODUPD will host events designed to bring the community together and educate area residents about crime prevention strategies. Parents and children from the Lamberts Point, Highland Park and Larchmont neighborhoods are invited to attend.

Representatives from various organizations will join the ODUPD in sharing personal-safety tips: the ODU Naval and Army ROTC units, ODU Women's Center, YMCA and YWCA of South Hampton Roads and the U.S. Department of Justice (Community Relations division).

Child ID kits, featuring inkless fingerprinting, will be available free of charge to parents and guardians.

Food and drinks will be provided - including pizza, hamburgers, hot dogs and potato salad - courtesy of the university and community vendors, and there will be games and activities for the children. For more information about the National Night Out program on Aug. 3, call the ODU Police Department at 683-6528.

Last year's National Night Out campaign involved citizens, law enforcement agencies, civic groups, businesses, neighborhood organizations and local officials from more than 15,000 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases worldwide. In all, over 36 million people participated in National Night Out 2009.

National Night Out is designed to:

• Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness;

• Generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime programs;

• Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and

• Send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

This article was posted on: July 29, 2010

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